Walking Hiking

Donegal – Walking Short Break

Walking Short Break – Donegal

Donegal, Dún na nGall, Gaelic for the fort of the foreigners, most likely got its name from the invasion of the Danes in the 850s.
The county is one of the largest counties in Ireland to have retained its native Irish language, with over 30,000 still speaking Gaelic in their everyday lives.  The countryside is moulded for the walking enthusiast and the pace of life is somewhat slower than you will find anywhere else in the country.

Almost anywhere in Donegal, you will still find small traditional family-run pubs where the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and where traditional music is in abundance, all to be enjoyed over a pint of your favourite tipple.


Tour Pricing & Dates

4 Day Short Break €240 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€112
Tour Dates 2020 June 2nd-4th 
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse




Day 1 / Dublin to Donegal Town

Our guided group leaves the east coast at 12.00 noon for Donegal. We will stop many times on route to explore some of the towns that we pass through. Driving time from Dublin to Donegal Town is approximately 3 hours and 45 min, depending on traffic and road conditions. After arriving at our accommodation and booking into our rooms we will go for a short guided walk to explore the town.

Day 2 / The Wild Wilderness of Slieve League

Our guided walk today takes us on a drive further west to the spectacular sea cliffs of Slieve League, the highest and one of the finest marine sea cliffs in Europe.

The name Slieve League is derived from the Gaelic Sliabh Liag, which literally means Stone Mountain. Despite its name, the mountain is covered in a blanket of peat and heather. Our walk takes us North West along the eastern side of the mountain offering views to our right of a wonderful wilderness over a picturesque landscape made up of rolling mountains, a patchwork of green fields, gentle streams and rivers. To our left, we will have impressive views across the sea cliffs onto the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Distance: 14 km/8.75 miles, Ascent: 425 m/1275 ft

Day 3 / Depart

After a hearty breakfast, we will depart for Dublin, leaving Donegal Town at 10 am.


  • 2 nights bed and breakfast in Donegal Town
  • All transport to include: Pickup and return from Dublin Airport or elsewhere
  • All transport to and from walks

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals


  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.


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